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AALDEF’s Ivy Suriyopas, NYATN member and Freedom Network Policy Co-Chair, will speak at the Combating Labor Trafficking Conference on May Day

*Update: NYATN and ISOA live-tweeted the event!  See the great turnout!  The Huffington Post‘s David Isenberg wrote about the conference in “A Morally Reprehensible Problem.”  He quoted the ISOA conference guide: “The problem is morally reprehensible but of such enormous complexity it cannot be solved by a single sector and must be addressed by stakeholders working in partnership from all sides — private, governmental, nongovernmental and humanitarians sectors; clients and employers [sic]”  View or download the conference presentations.

NYATN member Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Ivy Suriyopas will speak at the Combating Labor Trafficking Conference in Washington, DC on May Day.  As the Freedom Network Policy Co-Chair, she will address the effectiveness of current laws in combating labor trafficking.

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NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin on the O’Reilly Factor

NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin faces off with Bill O’Reilly on the safety issues sex workers face and the need for them to be able to seek help from law enforcement and report crimes, such as human trafficking, without fear of being ridiculed or ignored.  Baskin says, “Our perspective is to try to address the human rights of the people we work with and to try to help them.” Read more or watch the video….

In light of the Secret Service Scandal, NYATN Member Sienna Baskin Stresses the Plight of Sex Workers

NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin stresses the plight of sex workers in light of the prostitution scandal that has rocked the Secret Service on ABC News.  In support of New York’s A1008/S323, which would prohibit police and prosecutors from citing possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution, she states, “We’ve found in New York that when sex workers are criminalized, they are afraid to go to police when they are victims of crime, including theft, rape and human trafficking.”  Show your support for A1008/S323Read more….

NYATN member Sex Workers Project supports “No Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution” bill

The San Francisco Chronicle covered NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s advocacy efforts in support of a bill that would ban law enforcement from using condoms as a reason to arrest sex workers in Albany, NY yesterday.  An excerpt from the article:

“‘We have heard from clients so often that they’re afraid to carry condoms because of police harassment that we know it’s having a public health impact,’ Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project, said in a telephone interview yesterday. ‘This would be New York taking a leadership role and addressing an issue other states haven’t yet addressed.'”

Show your support for the New York bill.  Read more….

A Forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City”

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the New York Asian Women’s Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host a forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City” on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6 pm.  Speakers include NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Deanna Croce, Training and Outreach Manager in the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon.  RSVP at johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/gradorientation/event.aspx.

NYATN celebrates 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking

NYATN is celebrating 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking.  We are the first in New York to promote the rights of survivors of human trafficking.  We bring together the voices of those with first-hand experience of the injustices of human trafficking, who work consistently to meet the needs of trafficked persons, and who advocate for a more rights-based and responsive policy towards trafficked persons.  Read more highlights about NYATN’s work over the past decade.  Please join us in honoring our anniversary at our Networking Breakfast in May.

NYATN will speak at New York Law School on “Modern-Day Slavery… The Legal and Social Issues”

NYATN Steering Committee Member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will speak at New York Law School on “Modern-Day Slavery… The Legal and Social Issues” on April 18, 2012.

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